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Pedals to the peak

Big White may be known for skiing, but next weekend it will be home to cycling.

The mountain resort hosts the L’Alpe de Grand Blanc on July 25. 

The 58.4-kilometre road bike race from Kelowna to Big White also includes two shorter distances – a 23 km race and a two km hill climb for youth under 17. 

All distances end at the village, where riders will be greeted with entertainment, a post-ride barbecue and massages. They'll also receive transport back to Kelowna after the awards ceremony.

“We planned this event to engage the local cycling community in Kelowna and showcase the alpine environment at the finish line in the village at Big White,” said Trevor Hanna, VP of hospitality. “Our event date is also the same as the ‘Queen Stage,’ generally considered to be the hardest day of the Tour de France, so we have tried to embody the ceremony and rituals of the world’s greatest cycling event.”

In Tour de France tradition, the L’Alpe de Grande Blanc will offer up polka dot jerseys for the king and queen of the mountain classifications, along with prizes for the fastest team, youngest and oldest competitors.  

Racers can register individually or in teams of three.

Riders without valid Cycling BC licences are also required to purchase one-day race licences.

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